This year can go straight to hell already. We recently lost Tom Petty, one of the almighty Gods of rock n roll. If you haven’t heard yet, I’m sorry to be the one you got the news from. But he went out like he rocked. Doing it better than anybody.
He actually died twice.
From what I gather, CBS falsely reported his death, citing the LAPD wrongly reported to them that he had died. LAPD came back and said they had never mentioned him dying, just that he had been found unconscious due to being in full cardiac arrest and had been rushed to the hospital. They also said they’re the police and they don’t report anything, they just release what they know.
CBS quickly retracted their statement and deleted their Twitter post, but the internet lost its shit and every fly-by-night news website jumped on CBS’s shit and reported how Tom Petty had actually died but had been brought back, and at the time of CBS’s report he was still alive.
But then, after the entire internet had settled down and was finally fixed, the news went out that he had died, only this time it was permanent.
I hate to make light of it, but the situation was sort of crazy. Regardless, I was always a fond lover of him and his music. Nobody did it better. His music has surpassed generations and musical tastes like no other.
Hell, he was a classic rock artist from the 70s releasing albums in the 90s that were producing classic songs, and was just as much a part of the 90s rock scene as any of the 90s bands. “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and “You Wreck Me” were two of those hits off his 1994 release Wildflowers, and I heard them in regular rotation on the local hard rock station with Nirvana and Soundgarden.
The NFL was really cool to post Petty’s halftime show, which I’ve always thought was one of the best halftime shows ever, and that’s what I’m sharing tonight. Just now watching it again, I was doing fine until he played “Free Fallin'” and when they got to the first chorus, I was in tears. It was played a bit slower than the album version, it was a bit quieter, but the audience was singing along loudly, and the entire moment was something magical.
Tom, thanks for the tunes, the good times, and the memories. My life wouldn’t have been the same without your songs on its soundtrack. You’re free now.
After I listened to that I saw another video, so I checked it out and it was so damn good that I thought I’d share it too.